This is specialised support provided by professionals (psychologists, psychotherapists, counsellors and doctors) and is appropriate for people who develop complications or become stuck in their grieving process (approximately 10-15%). No experience of bereavement is easy, but the circumstances surrounding certain deaths can bring additional difficulties for those left behind.  The death of a child, for example; the experience of multiple losses over a short period of time or a particularly traumatic death can all leave survivors needing support beyond that which family and friends may be able to offer. Other factors, such as a history of difficulty in coping with loss or a difficult relationship with the person who has died may also suggest that professional intervention may be useful.

Who to contact

In Ireland there is no professional qualification in bereavement counselling. Professionally trained therapists, however, will be registered with a governing body such as those listed below. These organisations will be able to furnish you with the names of qualified therapists who specialise in issues of loss and grief:
  • The Irish Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP), tel. 01-2303536.
  • The Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy Ltd., tel. 01-2841665
  • The Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI), tel. 01-4720105
Turning Point in Dublin (01-2801603) offers training in bereavement counselling and bereavement counselling services. tel. 01-2801603 Barnardos Children's Bereavement Service is a service for children and young people who have lost someone close to them - like a parent or sibling - through death.  tel. 01-4732110
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